HEAT (12-4-1-2) vs. EAGLES (10-8-0-0)
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2019-20 Season Series: 2-1-0-0
2019-20 Heat Road Record: 8-2-0-1
2019-20 Eagles Home Record: 4-5-0-0
Power Play – 22-for-79 (27.8%); 2nd
Penalty Kill – 79-for-90 (87.8%); 5th
Power Play – 8-for-76 (10.5%); 28th
Penalty Kill – 59-for-75 (78.7%); 22nd
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Phillips (20)
Goals – Lomberg (10)
Points – Dries (14)
Goals – Dries (8)
The Stockton Heat will look to bounce back from Friday’s 5-2 loss to the Eagles. Last night’s decision ended Stockton’s season-long four game win streak, including three straight victories to start the road trip. Stockton managed to get goals from Matthew Phillips and Ryan Lomberg to make the game close before surrendering an empty net goal with under a minute to play. Phillips recorded his seventh goal of the year, while Lomberg notched his team-leading 10th marker of the season.
The Colorado Eagles bounced back on home ice last night, handing Stockton just their second regulation loss on the road this season. Despite missing several key offensive pieces to NHL recalls, the Eagles cashed in for five goals last night, tying their season high. Erik Condra paced the way offensively with two goals, including the game winner. Adam Werner turned in a solid performance in goal, stopping 24 of 26 shots en route to his seventh win of the season.
US VS. THEM
Despite last night’s loss, Stockton has owned the all-time series against the Eagles, going 8-2-0-1 against Colorado since the Eagles made the jump to the AHL from the ECHL prior to the 2018-19 season. Included in that record is an impressive 5-2 mark at the Budweiser Events Center for Stockton.
Stockton came out flat last night, allowing two goals in the opening 12 minutes. The Heat boast an impressive record of 7-0-0-2 this season when scoring first. Colorado is 10-1 when scoring the first goal this season and conversely they are yet to pick up a point when the opponent strikes first. An early goal for Stockton tonight would go a long way in providing the Heat an opportunity to split the weekend series in Colorado.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Matthew Phillips
Phillips scored his seventh goal of the season last night, making it goals in three straight games against the Colorado Eagles. Phillips with seven goals and 20 points is already more than half way to his 13-25-38 numbers from his rookie season. The second-year forward is tied for 14th in league scoring and is the third youngest player in the AHL with at least 20 points on the year.
Eagles – Conor Timmins
Timmins continued his hot offensive run from the blue line last night, recording two assists in Colorado’s win. The former 32nd overall selection in the 2017 draft now has two goals and four assists in his last five games. Timmins missed the first two games of the season against the Heat, but has since played in all 16 games for the Eagles, posting 10 points a +8 rating.